The Bee History
The American Scripps National Spelling Bee is an over 80-year old educational contest open to English-speaking nations around the world. It is suggested that spelling bees originated in the USA since the late 1700s. In fact, the earliest known example is a spinning bee in 1769. Other early occurrences are a husking bee (1816), am apple bee (1827), and a logging bee (1836). Today’s term “Spelling bee” originated from the USA, as first seen printed in 1875, but it is assumed that it was in use several years before that.
Regardless of its American origins, spelling bees are normally carried out even in English-speaking countries because the language is difficult to spell correctly, even for native speakers. Unlike other languages with alphabets, spellings do not have the same regular phonetic correspondence to sounds in English. Instead, spellings progressed through time and often reflects the word’s language of origin. As a result, the same sound(s) may be spelled in many different ways, and words spelled the same way may have various pronunciations.
Therefore, the spelling of many words simply has to be memorized. We hope that the Kenya spelling bee will assist you to comprehend the spelling rules in a memorable way.